will work for sweets.

 

…at least for my sister anyway.

 

She was in town over the weekend, giving me a good reason to finish up a purse I’d started for her a few weeks ago. It also didn’t hurt that she arrived bearing a hearty offering of my favorite candy (these sour gummy things found only at the Fresh Market, which sadly is not nearby). She knows how my sweet tooth rages.

 

It all started with some not-so-subtle hint dropping after seeing this bag that I made recently for myself.

 

my purse

 

My bag was adapted from a pattern in the winter issue of Stitch. I liked the rounded shape, but deviated from there. I left the outside panels plain to showcase this pretty African print, added some cording for contrast, and made other changes to the handles and interior.

 

 

 

 

 

My sister really liked the African fabric, but wanted a cross-body style bag. Luckily, I’d been eyeing this one already.

 

I made hers with a similar print and used some heavier navy fabric for the contrast. (I think the navy was a left-over from a pair of shorts that I’d made.) Either way, both fabrics worked great, and I’m pleased with how it all worked out.

 

laurie's purse

 

And on the inside, a classy, cotton print–with a stamped label, of course.

 

laurie's purse

 

She’s happy, and so is my sweet tooth. Nice doing business with you, sister.

 

 

 

 

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xoxo.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

I thought some XOXO pics would be an appropriate way to celebrate. Here are some that my friends have made. Most of them had never even paper-pieced before, and check out how well they did!

 

paulette's xoxo runner helen's xoxo runner

jill's xoxo runner amy's xoxo runner

 

Have a LOVE-ly day.

 

ps. lots of love to Quilting Adventures for recently starting to carry my patterns!

 

 

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some weekend sewing, mini Sunrise style.

 

Last week, I came across some miniMINI Sunrise blocks (included in my Sunrise pattern) that I’d made for Quilt Market, and I decided that making some more would make for a perfect bit of weekend sewing.

 

It started kinda like this…
fabric strips

 

and ended like this.

 

miniMINI sunrise quilt project

 

It was fun. But now I need to take care of this.

 

miniMINI sunrise mess

 

It always gets a little messy.

Next step, sew together and maybe add a border or two.

 

ps. big THANKS to Bolt for picking up my patterns!

 

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